Commuting: The Board Game

Physical game themed around commuting, complete with resource management, random cards, and Londoner frustration.

 

About

Physical Materials || 2017 || Collaboration

Create a single player board game with meaningful choices, optimum solutions and random elements to create immersion.

  • Managing resources: energy, money, and time

  • Paying money each turn

  • Following a board representing the commuting journey, and throw a die to move

  • Choosing between several forms of transport, each with different cost but also different speeds (taxi is expensive but fast, bike is free but snow, tube is average)

  • Picking cards that can be very good... or just plain bad, adding an element of unpredictability to the game.

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Design Challenges

We decided to make a game themed around commuting in London, and all the hazards it entails. We decided to:

  • Create more than one core mechanic: we designed several mechanics based on managing resources and using tube lines as player journeys.

  • Use a humorous tone in line with the theme: we wrote cards using our Londoner experience, with some humour thrown in.

  • Create a challenging but understandable game: after initial playtesting, we realised that the game was too complex for a a small, visually pared down board. To correct this we made a strongly directive board to tell the player exactly what to do at every stage of the way.

 
Board Game PSD

Board Game PSD

Board Game in Real Life

Board Game in Real Life

 

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